Lameness, any abnormality in an animal’s movement or stance, can have a diverse collection of causes in the large animal. Success in treatment relies on thorough evaluation to ensure proper treatment as soon as possible and to prevent the condition from worsening. KVS offers the extensive diagnostic tools needed to offer a complete analysis of your animal’s issue. The most common cause of lameness is musculoskeletal pain, although mechanical issues, neurological deficits, and acute injury are seen often as well.
Diagnostics used in Lameness Evaluation include:
- Physical Exam
- Hoof Testers
- Flexion Tests
- Diagnostic Imaging (radiographs, ultrasonography)
- Nerve Blocks
Although the most prevalent presentation of lameness is some form of limping or unsoundness, other symptoms such as poor performance or change in attitude are also an indicator that a lameness exam may be in order. For questions regarding KVS’s Lameness Evaluations and treatment options, please call (352)281-3726.